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Tips and tricks for ticks: A travellers’ guide

14 August 2013

Ticks are smart insects. Did you know they use their back legs to attach themselves to the tip of a blade of grass or leaf and wait with their front legs outstretched, poised to 'catch' a passing animal or human?

Plan to screen sick travellers for ‘superbugs’

7 August 2013

Australian travellers who have been hospitalised in countries where there’s a high risk of acquiring highly drug-resistant bacteria will be kept in isolation after returning home if they are found to be infected.

Travelling with kids? Get a grip on HFMD

31 July 2013

Most parents know hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) as a virus that affects infants and young children.

Swatting the 5 myths of mosquito repellents

31 July 2013

AN effective personal insect repellent is still the most reliable first line of defence against biting mosquitoes. Unfortunately, there is still confusion among people looking for alternatives to 'chemical repellents', which they often (wrongly) perceived to be 'unsafe'. And, many people don't un

Last-minute travel – it’s never too late to call

30 July 2013

At our travel health advisory call centre, we get calls from anxious people who've left it almost literally until the 'last minute' to check on the potential health risks of their overseas trip. In a perfect world, it's best to give yourself 6-8 weeks to arrange this important pre-travel consulta

Cure-all Medicine

15 July 2013

This is an example entry for a cure-all medicine.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart.

Beat the heat of the northern summer

10 July 2013

Record high temperatures above 50oC in parts of the USA, sweltering days above 40oC on the courts of Wimbledon, and heatwave conditions in parts of Europe last week are a reminder to Australians heading to northern hemisphere countries to prepare for the heat – right from th

So, did you get lucky (and avoid hepatitis)?

26 June 2013

"So, any holiday romances? Did you get lucky?" asks the not so subtle friend.

Alert, not alarmed: Advice for Australian pilgrims

19 June 2013

SHOULD Australian Muslims planning to attend the Umrah or Hajj pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia this year be concerned about the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)?